Whilst walking in the park, you will see this indication. It is not that clear when you enlarge it but it indicates "Chemin de fer - Ijzer laan", translatable as Iron lane/path" though it refers to "Rail road", or French "Chemin de fer" meaning "Rail road".
The old rail road used to go through this park. In King Leopold 2 era, he had it fit to liaise Stockel area to Watermael-Boitsfort. I thought it is replaced by the walking path. But NO, it is still there, the rail has been removed but the ancient road is this one parallel to Chemin de fer. On the main picture, it is just behind the trees. It was part of his project to liaise Brussels to Tervueren. The Woluw? park was also fit to serve this purpose, because a green area was needed along with the great Avenue de Tervueren. One big reason behind those great works, Belgium held the 1897 edition of the Universal Exhibition in the 50aire area.
Btw, if you want to reach Stockel area from this sign, just climb the slope behind the trees. It is the old railroad. Take your left. At some time, you'll cross the metallic bridge. Still one kilometer to go, then you'll see Stockel area. The other way around (if you have chosen your right, that is), you would have reached Watermael-Boitsfort.
Old trams, old busses, ancient railroad... isn't there any thing related to old transport system with this municipality ? I'll have to scratch maybe and report here ? Indeed, there is.. the Old Busses and tram museum is on Avenue de Tervueren, in WSP.
Walking, cycling, skating through the park. It is just relaxing to see people of all ages go there. Youngsters lie in the grass, some with a book, others with music-box (though it seems to be forbidden). Newly parents go there with toddlers, teach to kids how to walk. Cute! Older persons sit on those banks, benefit from sun rays. You will see joggers trying to climb "hilly" sides to exercise breathing.
I've even seen many times this lady, known by the swans. As soon as she reaches the banks of the main pond, the swans and the ducks come to meet her... and they talk. Well, she talks and they listen and get closer... Today, she even managed to get them out of the water, by just make them following her. Amazing ! Have I met the "Lady who whispers at the ears of swans" ? ;-)
The park was restored and ponds were cleared so as to regenerate fauna and flora underwater. Road directions were reshuffled as well so as to give every lane, path a name. Chemin des amoureux, chemin de la Dame de Onze heures (!), Avenue du parc de la Woluwe... it is taken seriously ;-)
Worth noticing are the efforts made to let people know about fauna and flora there. Boards on some corners give information on which bird species, trees are in the park, their features, their ages as far as trees are concerned.
Picnics are great there as well.
** To enjoy a pleasant stay at the park, read my warning tips, please. It will be nice to let it intact after your visit ;-) **
Do i need to translate?
I saw there "Chemin des amoureux" as well. What stroke me was that this lane led me to an area where trees were (are) coupled. They just grew up interlaced.
Chemin des amoureux is not of bitumen, rather one of those tiny dirty paths in the wood.
If you see these sculptures on the main picture, le Chemin des amoureux are not very far. The sculptures are located on the slope just down the entry of le Chemin.
Anyway, I have spotted a nice itinerary in the park. I found it by chance. Another dirty path without any name & which is more beautiful than le Chemin des amoureux. One of its entries is just across the big thick cypress type tree which was my shelter when it was raining harder. The entry is on second picture.
I am just wondering myself how I got passionate about writing most futile details about this park... I love this park. An urban park but still with the wet meadows, shrubs, plants. The many trees are not aligned, just let wild on the slopes.
My commune has two quite OTBP museums. This Musée du tram (Tram Museum of Brussels) is the second I wanted to talk about, the first being the Book Binding museum in Bibliotheca Wittockiana.
The tram museum is a working museum with not only old trams but also old busses.
Open from 1.30pm to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from the first weekend of April until the first weekend of October.
For more, see hereafter website http://www.mtub.be/
When in, choose your language (English included).
Also, check hereafter website to see images of those old models of trams and busses. When in, you can see other pics (click on thumbnails on the left). http://users.skynet.be/mtub/Fr/GalerietramshistoFr.html
It's a shame that I live 5 minutes from the museums (both Wittockiana and Musée du tram) but never visited them. The museums in the center appealed me more. One day.. one day, maybe :) However, those museums are more OTBP ones. A real running off for both kids and lesser kids :)
A museum that is dedicated to the Art of binding books. Quite interesting.
A discovery of forgotten discipline. Amazing use of materials, that unexpectedly gives room to innovation.
The picture will come but this one is picture of nearby park: Parc de Woluwe (5 minutes walk to reach the park).